Taboo is one of the styles of language that we tackled in class during the session on sociolinguistics that is how people use language in the society. The word taboo comes from a Tongan word that means “forbidden” and taboo language denotes words that many people consider inappropriate depending on the context (Denham & Lobeck, 2013). In my community, the taboo words fall into two broad categories that are explicit words and religious words. Explicit taboo words are those that make reference to sex such as “shit”, “fuck” and “bugger”. The religious taboo words include “Jesus”, “Christ” and “God” that no one should have the guts of subjecting them to insult or disrepute. Many of my peers within the school are fond of using such taboo words when swearing or when trying to emphasize a point. Most of them often use the word “fuck”, “shit”, and “hell” when exclaiming or emphasizing a point (Denham & Lobeck, 2013).
A peer might, for example, say, “am fucking serious” to emphasize the point that he or she is not joking. However, the word changes its meaning according to context when, for example, one says “fuck off!” the phrase has an offensive meaning when compared to its first use. In my community, these taboo words often have multiple lives and personalities depending on the context in which one evokes it. The English language, unfortunately, does not have words that one can use as infixes hence most people opt for such taboo words (Denham & Lobeck, 2013). The sexual taboos refer specifically to body parts that explicitly fit into the definition of private parts that is people do not consider the ankle and neck as taboo topics. In instances where the use of a taboo word is inevitable, we often opt to use euphemisms that sugar-coat the impact of the taboo word making it socially acceptable. An example of these substitute words is the use of “cock” instead of “penis”.